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River Torrens Activity


Groups who are an education institution and/or incorporated, not-for-profit recreation and sport organisations affiliated with the respective peak body will be eligible to apply for a River Torrens Activity Licence.


There are licensing fees applicable to a River Torrens Activity Licence. Fees differ depending on the type of activity on the water. Please refer to Council Fees and Charges Schedule.

Please contact the Customer Centre for further details regarding specific fees.

How To Apply

The licence period is from 1 September to 31 August each year and renewed annually.

All applications are subject to a 3-week public consultation period during the renewal process.

A River Torrens licence holder is required to obtain and provide evidence in the form of a “Certificate of Currency” for $20million public liability insurance. This policy must name City of Adelaide as an Interested Party. Also required with the application form are:

  • A current copy of your organisation’s constitution
  • Paperwork certifying that your organisation is not-for-profit or Incorporated Body
  • Certification from a qualified boat builder/repairer that the vessels are seaworthy.
  • Listing of type of vessel and name (if applicable)



Conditions apply within the River Torrens Activity Licence

The Harbors & Navigation Act 1992 also applies to River Torrens Activity licence holders.

Licensees are required to obey reasonable requests from City of Adelaide Officers.

The River Torrens water quality may deteriorate and there can be times when the Lake is closed to all users. All licence holders (with the exception of Popeye) are expected to observe the lake closure.

If you have any further queries regarding the River Torrens Activity Licences please contact the Park Lands Approvals Officer.

Recreational Kayaking & Canoeing on the River Torrens within the City of Adelaide

Members of the general community are permitted to use the River Torrens within the City of Adelaide for recreational kayaking and canoeing, subject to the following conditions:

  • A lifejacket (PFD) is compulsory for all vessel users;
  • Entry/exit must be from one of the rowing landings along the River Torrens (View map to view landing locations)
  • There is strictly no access to the river when it has been officially closed.  Signage is clearly placed around the course of the river.
  • The quality of the water demands “no primary contact”, meaning no part of the body should get wet; therefore should you capsize it is recommended that you seek a shower and change of clothes as soon as possible.
  • The use of motorised vessels is not permitted
  • Follow the conditions and recommendations from the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI) Boating Safety Unit 


If you have any questions regarding licences, please contact:

Customer Service Representative
8.30am–5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Phone: 8203 7203
Fax: 8203 7575
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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